<----The other Civil War
Juan Cole today:
The Iraqi civil war took at least 19 lives on Wednesday, including especially in the Baqubah area of Diyala province.After weeks and weeks of bickering in the press about whether Iraq was in a Civil War, now Professor Cole resolves the argument by using the term as a given.
I have no argument with Professor Cole. I believe, as he does, that Iraq is in the midst of a Civil War.
The interesting thing here is that so much spleen was exercised pro and con on this issue, as on so many other issues. In fact, the horror of a Civil War, which has been experienced in Iraq now for almost three years (for an almost daily update see Gorilla's Guides)is trivialized when we, the observers, argue about semantics.
What we should be discussing is how to stop this sanguinous mess.